Odds are good that a few of you read this headline and thought, “Wait, there’s a Mortal Kombat reboot in production?” It’s true! Despite mixed success as a feature film and a web-series, Warner Bros. has decided to once again chase that sweet video game industry money with a big screen remake of the popular video game franchise. James Wan — who joined the project all the way back in 2015 as the executive producer — recently described the film as the fantasy version of Enter the Dragon, expressing a great deal of enthusiasm for the universe that he and the Mortal Kombat screenwriters had created.
It’s been about a year since we first learned that James Wan is producing a new Mortal Kombat movie; since then, he’s kept himself pretty busy with a new Conjuring sequel and DC’s upcoming Aquaman movie. Although he’s a bit preoccupied at the moment, Wan is still committed to Mortal Kombat, but it might still be quite a while before we see Scorpion, Raiden, et al. back on the big screen.
Hitman: Agent 47 came and went this past weekend, vanishing in a box office fizzle; the cinematic equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s not the kind of bad movie that really makes you angry, just one that’s completely forgettable. It’s a nothing of a movie.
Mortal Kombat has an odd history of adaptations — there was the 1995 film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, followed by the sequel in 1997 and two short-lived TV series. In recent years, the classic video game found new live-action life via a web series, which was being used to hopefully launch a new film. That film never really got off the ground, but a new movie is being planned with one of our most prized studio directors on board to produce.
It's rumored that a new Mortal Kombat will be coming down the pipes, set to coincide with an upcoming 'Mortal Kombat' film directed by Kevin Tancharoen, director of the 'Mortal Kombat Legacy' web series.